This comment led me to do some further investigation about Maria's artwork, and to show you more of Czerneki's artwork from Nina's Treasures. But first the folkart of Maria Primachenko...
|"Dumplings on the Shelf", Maria Primachenko  - source|
Her interest in art began, by her own words, like this: "Once, as a young girl, I was tending a gaggle of geese. When I got with them to a sandy beach, on the bank of the river, after crossing a field dotted with wild flowers, I began to draw real and imaginary flowers with a stick on the sand… Later, I decided to paint the walls of my house using natural pigments. After that I’ve never stopped drawing and painting."
|"At the Well", Maria Primachenko  - source|
|"Green Elephant", Maria Primachenko  - source|
|"Fairy Bird - Peacock", Maria Primachenko  - source|
Which brings me back to the book that I highlighted yesterday (with the note about Picasso at the end). The illustrator, Stefan Czernecki, was very influenced by Maria Primachenko (as you will see!)...
Stefan Czernecki was born in Germany, but is of Ukrainian descent. He co-authored Nina's Treasures with Timothy Rhodes.
All summer long Katerina tended her flowers...She gathered the seeds from the flowers and put them in the cupboard, where they would be safe until spring planting.
Katerina hung her warm feather comforter out to air. The next morning it began to snow. Winter had come.
The oven glowed all evening, and at midnight she delivered a big basket of baked goods to the neighbors.
The winter was longer and colder than any that Katerina could remember...Finally Katerina had little food for herself and none for Nina...then she remembered. She reached into the cupboard and pulled out a large sack...soon Nina was fat again, but she still did not lay eggs.
In the village it was time to celebrate the spring festival...Katerina could not go, for she had nothing to take - no food and no flowers...the next morning Katerina was awakened by Nina's cackling and clucking...
There in the nest were the most beautiful eggs...
Today, before each spring festival, the grandmothers in Zelena work late into the night turning the most ordinary eggs into the most extraordinary treasures.
I'm leaving the Ukraine and heading into Russia with my next few posts...see you there!